Inspiration of the Slow Dance

Greg & Shannon's Wedding Day DanceOnce in a blue moon do you read something that makes you take a step back and have an “aha” moment. Often it is not something you did not already know but rather something that you needed to be reminded. The little things in life are so easily forgotten in a world filled with cell phones, tight schedules and panic run wild! So it surprised me when, while reading a business related book, that I came across a poem written by child psychologist David L. Weatherford – for a close friend. That friend quit his own deferred-life plan after reading it, as I hope you will do the same.

Slow Dance

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round?

Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?

Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight?
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?

You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day
On the fly?

When you ask “How are you?”
Do you hear the reply?

When the day is done
Do you lie in your bed

With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?

You’d better slow down
Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?

And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?

Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die

Cause you never had time
To call and say “Hi”?

You’d better slow down.
Don’t dance so fast.

Time is short.
The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.

When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift…. Thrown away.

Life is not a race.
Do take it slower

Hear the music
Before the song is over.

After her husband received a double-lung (bilateral) transplant in 2004, Shannon founded the Angel Cove Organ Donation Awareness Shop, which provides awareness t-shirts and gifts products for transplant recipients, living organ donors and donor families - giving 100% of the profits to help heart and lung transplant recipients with medical costs. Shannon lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her wonderful husband and two chocolate Labrador Retrievers.

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